Barely 48 hours to the December 7, 2016 general elections, issues of missing names in the ‘special voters’ register for the extended special voting and the final National Rally by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) dominated the headlines of various news media for today.
The Chronicle has the headline “NPP mad over 2nd day of special voting”. According to the story the Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has expressed concerns over what he describes as “avoidable and bizarre errors” committed by the Electoral Commission, leading to the second day of special voting. According to him, credible information available to the party (NPP), from its sources at the EC, indicates that the electoral body was contemplating taking the general elections of Wednesday, December 7 to a second day, adding that this could be a total disaster, if true. “we will demand from the Electoral Commissioner to give the greatest assurance that it can give to the nation by Monday that there will be no judgement of polls after 5pm on December 7,” he said in a statement released in Accra yesterday.
The New Crusading Guide carries the headline “Election results transmission … four Telcos minus STL involved”. The paper reports that, rumours circulating in the political grape vine that Super Tech Limited (STL) will be among the companies selected to be part of the electronic transmission of the results of election 2016 on December 7, 2016 have turned out to be completely false, independent checks by The New Crusading Guide have confirmed. Our checks at the Electoral Commission (EC) have indicated that four (4) telecommunication networks in the country, namely TIGO, MTN, VODAFON and AIRTEL are the entities which have been contracted to undertake the transmission of the election results from the Constituency Collation Centre to the National Collation Centre in Accra.
“Akufo-Addo won’t get run-off … it will be ‘one touch’ victory – John Mahama” is the headline in the Ghanaian Lens. President John Dramani Mahama has dismissed any suggestion of a possible run-off in the presidential election with NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “I want to assure them that we want to celebrate Christmas and I am going to do it one touch so that we can focus on the Christmas. The NDC will win in the first round”, he said.
The Daily Post also carries the headline “Ghanaians Will Retain Me in Power-Mahama”. According to the story President John Dramani Mahama has said Ghanaians are going to retain him in power in the December 7 polls based on his performance in the last four years. “They know what I have done in the past four years and they know giving me another four will enable me to complete and initiate more development projects throughout the country, “he said. President Mahama, who was addressing separate rallies in selected districts of the Volta Region, said his performance in the areas of education, health, agriculture, roads and the provision of services were ample evidence for the electorate to endorse his 2016 candidature.
The Ghanaian Observer has the caption “Vote for the Elephant on the Ballot - Omane Boamah”. According to the paper Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah, has told Ghanaians “to vote for the elephant”, which is the symbol of the main opposition New patriotic party (NPP) ON December 7. The minister made the call last Saturday at koforidua during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regional rally, which attracted many supporters. “If we vote for all-die-be-die, the country will go backwards …but due to the love we have for our country, we are going to cast a good ballot. This means we are going to vote for the elephant on the ballot paper”, the Minister confidently said.
We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in The Daily Graphic “We’re ready to save Ghana-Akufo-Addo declares at NPP’s final rally”. Thousands of supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday held a national rally at the Ghana International Trade Fair Center, LA in Accra to round off their campaign for the 2016 general election, with the presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, re-affirming his resolve to save Ghana from becoming a failed state. His passion, he said, was born out of a non-biased desire to restore hope to the people of Ghana. That commitment, he said, was unwavering and not based tribal political color or religious colorations. “I am not going to disappoint the people of Ghana. Together, we’re going to build a new Ghana that will ensure prosperity for all” he added. It had become obvious, he said, that the people of Ghana could no longer withstand the high level of suffering they were going through under the incompetent administration of President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).